Sunday, 17 July 2022

URGENT HEAT WARNING

Met Office (twitter warning)

As you will know, the MET office has now issued a level four warning for Extreme Heat. Level 4 extreme heat warning for Monday and Tuesday next week.

What does Level 4 mean?

A Level 4 (red) Heatwave Alert means the "heatwave is so severe and/or prolonged" that "illness and death may occur among the fit and healthy; not just in high-risk groups.

Particular concerns and risks:

  • Increased adverse health impacts. Already seeing increased attendance at hospitals due to direct impacts
  • Increased fatality risk. Last year excess deaths of 900 last year’s heatwave, expected to be even higher this year
  • Increase in 999 calls in relation to heat, combined with current Covid surge
  • Risk of flash floods (60% chance) Some rain is forecast after the heatwave, however it is too soon to forecast the severity of this in relation to potential flooding
  • Increase risk of people getting into difficulty in bodies of water
  • Increased risk of wild fires
 

Further advice from the Met Office includes:

  • Look out for others, especially older people, young children and babies, and those with underlying health conditions
  • Close curtains on rooms that face the sun to keep indoor spaces cooler and remember it may be cooler outdoors than indoors
  • Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol, dress appropriately for the weather, and slow down when it is hot.
Met Office (twitter warning)

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